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NFL Game Photos – Dolphins vs Raiders

Walking into Hard Rock Stadium prior to the game felt different from other games. Maybe it was the Sunday Night Football vibe with their makeshift set sitting on the sidelines waiting for Mike Tirico, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to occupy. Or it could be the number of fans dressed in black and as pirates waiting for the team to run onto the field for warmups so they can cheer passionately. Either way, there is no better way to end a Sunday than with a game featuring the Dolphins vs Raiders.

The different feel continued when I stepped onto the field to photograph the Dolphins’ player entrances and the skies just opened up and dropped a copious amount of rain onto the field. As other photographers ran for shelter, I took a knee and wrapped my camera in my poncho and proceeded to press the shutter capturing the entrances. The way the smoke, rain and fire mixed was pretty amazing to see. It reminded me of a movie or a music video with all the theatrical production elements to it.

The game itself was exciting. Action up and down the field from both teams and as a photographer that is what you look for. You want the ability to capture the game with all the action. It was chaotic along the sidelines with the NBC crews with the camera rigs all over the place. Trying to squeeze in here and there to grab photos was a bit of a challenge, but when is anything ever easy.

The Miami Dolphins communications department handed us letters prior to the game mentioning the halftime show featuring DJ Irie who would be spinning a set with fireworks and laser light shows. I stuck around to watch it and it was awesome. Fireworks blasting up through the open roof while multi-colored lasers danced among the seats while smoke filled the stadium gave the performance a rock concert appeal.

Below are photos from the game. More can be found on my Instagram page

Jarvis Landry catches passes in warmups

Jarvis Landry catches passes in warmups

Derek Carr (4) warms up

Derek Carr (4) warms up

Dolphin players run through the tunnel

Dolphin players run through the tunnel

Kiko Alonso runs through the smoke and fire

Kiko Alonso runs through the smoke and fire

Rey Maualuga (58) runs out through the rain, fire and smoke

Rey Maualuga (58) runs out through the rain, fire and smoke

DeAndre Washington (33) tries to run past the Dolphin defenders

DeAndre Washington (33) tries to run past the Dolphin defenders

Oakland Raiders defense

Oakland Raiders defense

Kenyan Drake (32) waits for the pass from Jay Cutler

Kenyan Drake (32) waits for the pass from Jay Cutler

Derek Carr (4) steps up to throw under pressure

Derek Carr (4) steps up to throw under pressure

Jakeem Grant (19) tries to find a hole to run through on a kickoff return

Jakeem Grant (19) tries to find a hole to run through on a kickoff return

Kenyan Drake (32) runs through a hole

Kenyan Drake (32) runs through a hole

Kenyan Drake (32) fumbles the ball

Kenyan Drake (32) fumbles the ball

Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a touchdown

Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a touchdown

Marshawn Lynch (24) shook the hands of all his teammates after his touchdown

Marshawn Lynch (24) shook the hands of all his teammates after his touchdown

Damien Williams (26) tries to spin out of a tackle

Damien Williams (26) tries to spin out of a tackle

Raiders WR Johnny Holton (16) hauls in a touchdown pass

Raiders WR Johnny Holton (16) hauls in a touchdown pass

Derek Carr (4) acknowledges the Raider fans

Derek Carr (4) acknowledges the Raider fans

Jay Cutler (6) with a pass

Jay Cutler (6) with a pass

Jarvis Landry (14) twists his way in for a touchdown

Jarvis Landry (14) twists his way in for a touchdown

Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso (47) returns an interception. The play was eventually ruled incomplete.

Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso (47) returns an interception. The play was eventually ruled incomplete.

Marshawn Lynch (24) muscles his way past Michael Thomas (31) for the touchdown

Marshawn Lynch (24) muscles his way past Michael Thomas (31) for the touchdown

Jay Cutler (6) hands off to Damien Williams (26)

Jay Cutler (6) hands off to Damien Williams (26)

DeAndre Washington (33) stops to make a cut while running

DeAndre Washington (33) stops to make a cut while running

Half time laser and fireworks show

Half time laser and fireworks show

Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas (89) hauls in a pass from Jay Cutler

Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas (89) hauls in a pass from Jay Cutler

Derek Carr (4) hands off to DeAndre Washington (33)

Derek Carr (4) hands off to DeAndre Washington (33)

head coaches meet after the game

head coaches meet after the game

Jay Cutler (6) and Derek Carr (4) talk to one another after the game

Jay Cutler (6) and Derek Carr (4) talk to one another after the game

Jakeem Grant (19) writes a message on his jersey

Jakeem Grant (19) writes a message on his jersey

DeAndre Washington (33) writes a message on his jersey

DeAndre Washington (33) writes a message on his jersey

Players gather at the 50 yard line for a prayer

Players gather at the 50 yard line for a prayer